YMMV / The French Connection

  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Popeye and Sonny's informant asks "You talkin' to me, baby?" when they stage a bust to get information from him.
  • Fridge Horror: William Friedkin has stated that he believes most of the perps getting dismissals or light sentences was due to payoffs and bribes. Who gets thrown under the bus? Devereaux, the TV star and Unwitting Pawn (he knew he was likely getting into criminal activity, but he didn't know how bad it was) who backed out when he realized how much trouble he could be in. Granted, he served "only" four years but it's still in a federal prison. It's a frightening message: you can't get out of a deal with Charnier.
  • Narm:
    • Popeye's introductory scene, where, while dressed as Santa Claus, he and Cloudy catch a drug dealer, then proceed to kick the absolute shit out of him.
    • The search for the drugs in the car. As car buff Jonathan Banks pointed out after doing a Shout-Out to the scene in Better Call Saul, the rocker panels are one of the most obvious places to stash things.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The final scenes in the deserted crematorium, accompanied by Don Ellis' eerily dissonant trumpet score and punctuated with Doyle's gunshots, are damn creepy.